The Lab – Term 1
The Lab is a growing network of technology clubs for 10 to 16 year-old young people diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome or High Functioning Autism who enjoy working with computers. It offers one-to-one tuition by technology professionals in areas such as programming, 3D, digital design and gaming.
FCAC is proud to support this growing network and administers the Footscray lab with school term-based sessions on Saturdays.
What happens in The Lab sessions
The Lab takes an unstructured approach so every session can be different. The idea is we want participants to undertake activities because of what interests them, not because they have to. This approach is deliberately unlike school, and is based on The Lab’s experience with hundreds of young people. The Lab is designed to be a cool and accepting place to visit, hang out and learn while having fun. There aren’t lesson plans or structured courses.
The Lab sessions – Social sessions: The Saturday sessions are ‘social sessions’. This means we provide an environment where participants can share their interests in a wide variety of things such as gaming together, YouTube video creation and sharing, and even graphic design.
Saturdays, 2 February – 30 March,11am – 1pm and 1:30pm – 3:30pm
AGE: 10 – 16 years
The Lab sessions at FCAC are popular. Please contact Simon de Lacy-Leacey at firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate your interest in participation.
About The Lab
Through pairing young people who have Asperger’s Syndrome / High Functioning Autism with tutors who have technical expertise in areas of mutual interest, The Lab seeks to improve the well-being and life prospects of young people who are often highly skilled but whose condition can lead them to fall through gaps in the mainstream education system. Understanding social behaviour and forming social connections doesn’t come naturally to an individual with Asperger’s syndrome; these skills must be taught, and re-enforced constantly.
Please visit http://www.thelab.org.au for more information.
About The Lab tutor: Liam Barclay
Liam has been designing and developing video games for 5 years. He has worked on both 2D and 3D games targeted for Android and PC platforms, taking on multiple roles involving programming and art while focusing on project management and lead design. Liam recently graduated with a Bachelor of Interactive Entertainment from SAE Institute of Melbourne.
About The Lab tutor: Lucas Hehir
Lucas has been avidly designing games for over twenty years and began to learn programming five years ago. Lucas studied game design and interactive media at Victoria University where he learned to develop games for mobile and PC, before he co-founded the FunPunch software team. He has also worked in areas of music production, 3D modelling, web design and virtual reality development.
About The Lab trainee Mentor – Kobe Salter
Kobe has been attending Lab sessions for the last four years at Footscray and Kyneton. He is now expanding his expertise under Liam’s guidance by taking on some of the responsibilities of running the lab sessions. He is also attending the Lab Pro sessions that have started at the Geelong Lab. He is an avid gamer and will be helping the other lab members work their way through the large inventory of steam games. This year he was able to introduce the steam link to the FCAC Lab to get more participation in multiplayer games, and is looking forward to working with the current and new members.
Presented as part of FCAC’s Arts Learning program.
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